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Uganda is the Latest Stop for High-Level CPC Delegation Touring East Africa

While U.S. lawmakers see themselves in an “existential struggle” with the Communist Party of China (CPC), Party officials are getting a considerably warmer reception in Africa. Li Mingxiang, the Vice Minister of the International Department of the CPC’s Central Committee, met with ...

Top Chinese Communist Party Official Visits Ruling Party Leaders in Kenya, Tanzania

In-person party-to-party exchanges between Communist Party of China (CPC) officials and African counterparts are ramping up again. Li Mingxiang, the Vice Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, recently visited Kenya and Tanzania. The visit was ostensibly aimed at ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Tanzania Approves Construction of New Controversial $3.5 Billion Sino-French East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP)

The Tanzanian government approved the construction of a new $3.5 billion pipeline as part of the controversial Sino-French East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP). The 1,443km pipeline will transport crude from new oil fields in Uganda, currently being developed by Chinese oil major CNOOC and France's TotalEnegies. 

Uganda to Become Africa’s Newest Oil Exporting Country With Inauguration of New Chinese-operated Drilling in Lake Albert

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's long-held ambition to export oil via the controversial East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) will move closer to reality on Tuesday when he commissions the country's first new drilling site in Lake Albert. The President will inaugurate ...

No Blackface in This Year’s Spring Gala TV Show, Actual Africans Performed Instead

The producers of this year's Spring Gala television variety show in China appear to have learned from recent scandals around Chinese actors in blackface appearing in the hugely popular annual Lunar New Year program. Instead, Tanzanian singer Coronia Kila performed on ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Xi Bets on Global South in Moscow

Today is a public holiday in South Africa – Human Rights Day. There’s a certain irony in spending the day focusing on China’s President Xi Jinping’s visit to Vladimir Putin, knee-deep in a human rights disaster.
What one makes of the Ukraine crisis increasingly maps on where one lives. This is made clear by a remarkable new set of polling data recently published by the European Council on Foreign Relations ...

Chinese Contractor Signs $2.2 Billion Deal to Build Next Stage of Tanzania’s Standard Gauge Railway

The Tanzanian government and an unspecified Chinese contractor signed a $2.2 billion contract on Tuesday to build a 2,561km rail line from Dar es Salaam to the Lake Victoria city of Mwanza. It's important to note that even though Chinese contractors ...

African Leaders Commemorate Jiang Zemin

African heads of state, ministers, and other high-ranking officials from countries as far afield as Equatorial Guinea and Burundi visited Chinese embassies and missions on Monday to sign condolence books honoring the deceased Chinese President Jiang Zemin. ...

Chinese State Media Tries to Put a Positive Spin on Trade Ties With Tanzania

The Communist Party-run tabloid Global Times is trying its very best to send a positive message about the state of China's trade with Tanzania. On Tuesday, the newspaper featured an interview with Chinese ambassador Chen Mingjian who touted the recent announcement to remove tariffs on ...

Tanzania President Suluhu Lands in Beijing, Next Up to Meet With Xi

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan arrived in Beijing on Wednesday for a two-day visit that includes meetings with Prime Minister Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping. President Hassan is the first African leader to go to Beijing following President Xi's coronation to ...

Xi Delivers Blunt Message to U.S. During Meeting With Vietnamese Communist Party Leader

Chinese leader Xi Jinping made his first appearance on Monday with a foreign dignitary since embarking on an unprecedented third presidential term in office. Xi, in his role as General Secretary of the Communist Party, met with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Phu Trong and warned his ...
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